Photo by Barry Taglieber
Phoenixville 113-pounder Ed McCarthy, right, wraps up Methacton's Sayer Campbell.
BOYERTOWN - Four Phoenixville wrestlers finished in fifth place at last Saturday’s inaugural Pioneer Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships to advance to this weekend’s District 1-AAA West Tournament at Spring-Ford High School.
Sophomore Garrett Serwatka (106 pounds), senior Ed McCarthy (113), senior Jordan Valenteen (195) and sophomore David Rosati (285) extended their individual wrestling seasons during the tournament held at Boyertown High School.
Phoenixville finished ninth in the team standings with 49.5 points.
Host Boyertown won the team title with 206 points, followed by three-time PAC-10 champion and two-time District 1 Team Duals champion Owen J. Roberts (196), Spring-Ford (187), Upper Perkiomen (177.5) and Methacton (109) in the top five schools.
The rest of the field had Pottstown (100), Perkiomen Valley (82), Pottsgrove (73.5) and Pope John Paul II (22).
Owen J. Roberts junior 126-pounder Colby Frank was voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
“We got four out,” said second-year Phoenixville head coach Joe Youngblood. “Garrett Serwatka, Eddie McCarthy, Jordan Valenteen and David Rosati surprised us. He came out and wrestled a great tournament. He wrestled great and he wrestled tough to get where he was. He surprised us and we are proud of him.”
Rosati (9-21) opened with a fall in 1:30 against Upper Perkiomen junior Justin Crossley. He then fell to top-seeded Tracey Green of Methacton, the eventual champion, by fall in the semifinal round to drop into the consolation bracket. There, Rosati dropped a 3-1 decision to Boyertown freshman Brody O’Connell. That set up another meeting against Crossley, where Rosati posted an 11-2 major decision to keep his season alive.
Serwatka (22-11) opened with a 4-2 overtime setback to Owen J. Roberts senior Aston White. Serwatka rebounded with a fall against Perkiomen Valley freshman Jake Latchum before dropping a 2-0 decision to Pottstown freshman Logan Pennypacker. Serwatka then blanked Spring-Ford freshman Jimmy Frank, 6-0, to claim fifth place.
McCarthy (12-6) received a forfeit in the first round before falling to Spring-Ford sophomore Ryan Hayes on a 15-6 major decision. McCarthy fought back with a 17-5 major decision over Methacton freshman Sayer Campbell before dropping a 3-1 overtime decision to Upper Perkiomen sophomore Eric Miller. McCarthy won his fifth-place match, 2-0 in overtime, against Pottstown junior Rob McCoy.
Valenteen (26-7) got a forfeit before dropping a 7-2 decision to Owen J. Roberts senior Brad Trego. Valenteen followed that up with a 15-0 technical fall against Upper Perkiomen senior Dan Heinrichs before giving up a forfeit to Methacton senior Mike Baccaro. Valenteen ended his run with a fall in 19 seconds against Pottsgrove junior Dylan Bryan to take fifth place.
Phoenixville sophomore Trey Romance (15-17) just missed advancing by finishing in sixth place at 138. Romance opened with a fall in 4:52 against Pope John Paul II senior Jared Sahakian before dropping a 6-2 decision to top-seeded Adam
“Trey wrestled in a tough weight class,” said Youngblood. “He wrestled up a weight class for the postseason. This will make him hungry for next year.”
Dombrosky, a junior from Spring-Ford. Romance beat Boyertown sophomore Reuben Maldonado, 8-1, in consolations before suffering a 7-3 loss at the hands of Pottsgrove senior Qwhadir Miller. Romance then saw his season come to a close by virtue of a 15-3 major decision setback to Dombrosky again.
Pope John Paul II senior 160-pounder Conor Staples, a Phoenixville resident, also finished in sixth place following a 4-1 loss to Spring-Ford junior Taylor Westlake in the fifth-place consi match. Staples opened with an 11-3 major decision over Perkiomen Valley sophomore Omar Elghawy before a pin at the hands of Pottstown’s top-seeded Darien Hain, the eventual champion. Staples then dropped another match by fall to Upper Perkiomen sophomore Trevor Weeks. Staples ended the season with a 13-11 mark.
Champions included Upper Perkiomen’s Dustin Steffenino (106), Owen J. Roberts’ Derek Gulotta (113), Upper Perkiomen’s Dante Steffenino (120), Frank, Upper Perkiomen’s Wolfgang McStravick (132), Owen J. Roberts’ Demetri D’Orsaneo (138), Owen J. Roberts’ Adam Moser (145), Perkiomen Valley’s Nick Giangiulio (152), Hain, Spring-Ford’s Tyler McGuigan (170), Owen J. Roberts’ Gordon Bolig (182), Boyertown’s Jordan Wertz (195), Boyertown’s Jordan Wood (220) and Green. ... Runners-up included Boyertown’s Lucas Miller, Hayes, Spring-Ford’s Matt Krieble, Boyertown’s Eddie Kriczky, Methacton’s Joe Staley, Perkiomen Valley’s Tyrelle Robinson, Pottstown’s Jasheel Brown, Spring-Ford’s Frankie Krauss, Boyertown’s Cody Richmond, Boyertown’s Gray Garber, Upper Perkiomen’s Casey Cook, Spring-Ford’s Mason Romano, Pottsgrove’s Pat Finn and Perkiomen Valley’s Luke DiElsi. ... Giangiulio’s father, Mike, wrestled for Phoenixville since his grandparents have Phoenixville roots.